Kelly passes 1,000 runs for Downham Market

Nick Kelly Downham Town CC
Nick Kelly Downham Town CC

Dipple and Conway Norfolk Alliance Premier Division

Downham Town 276 for 8 wkts (25pts) beat Brooke (8pts) 226 all out

Third placed Brooke were the visitors to the Memorial Field on Saturday and were asked to field first as Town won the Toss and had no hesitation in batting first on a hot day and a very dry pitch.

Ian Harrison blasted three boundaries in the first over but was caught at cover in the second over. Tom Tansley and Pat Yates continued to score freely as the score ticked along.

Yates was caught behind for 25 with the score on 68 closely followed by Tansley (29) and Chris Sharp in the next over as Town wobbled. Nick Kelly and Duncan Lanchester steadied the ship without ever dominating the bowling. The pair took the score to 87 at the halfway mark with Brooke still on top.

The next 10 overs saw 70 runs added to the score as the pair settled in, Lanchester was surprisingly out scoring Kelly at this point as the overseas player batted within himself to keep his wicket intact. Lanchester had brought up his fifty as Brookes bowlers battled away for a vital wicket.

Kelly was now hitting the ball very hard and boundaries rattled around the Memorial Field, Kelly’s fifty was seven overs later followed up by his century, his fourth in the league including his 1,000th run for the season.

Kelly was bowled by Habershon for 113 and Lanchester chipped up a catch to midwicket next over for 66 as the innings faltered after an excellent 185 partnership.

Ian Simons and Rob King saw Town to 276 for 8 at the 50-over mark.

Brooke’s innings started brightly as the Porter brothers brought up a 50 partnership whilst Town searched for the breakthrough. Sam Sharp eventually bowled Rich Porter to start the ball rolling for Town but Brooke were in no mood to back down as the runs continued to flow. Kelly although not bowling at his best grabbed two wickets in his third over to halt the run flow. Brookes professional Jones was now at the crease and kept the scoreboard ticking over. It was now a case of who could stay with him for the visitors.

Collinge batting well put on 102 with Jones but was the first of first team debutant Dom Corbett’s victims as he was well caught by Harrison in the deep. Harrison then bowled Nudd and had Minchin caught behind by King.

Corbett had Habershan brilliantly caught down the leg side by King leaving Brooke 194 for 8. No 10 Stone then took the attack to Town as he and Jones put on 28 for the ninth wicket before a smart stumping by King gave Kelly his fourth wicket. A one-handed Ian Simons catch at short leg gave Town a much needed 25 points and Kelly his fifth wicket when the innings closed on 226.

Town travel to Diss next Saturday and look forward to their chairman’s game on Sunday.

CGM Group Man of the Match: Nick Kelly.